- Business notebook: Cape salon picked as one of nation's top 200 (4/17/17)
- Man out on bond for alleged molestation of boys charged with abusing girl (4/18/17)
- Cape Girardeau County: Pilot House in Cape Girardeau is home to high quality ingredients, familiar faces (4/14/17)3
- New policy for semissourian.com online commentary: No pseudonyms (4/17/17)57
- Without city record, Marie Street residents on hook for thousands in sewer repairs (4/19/17)7
- Going the distance: Several locals participate in Boston Marathon (4/18/17)2
- Oran man jailed on statutory rape, burglary, other charges (4/16/17)
- 2 shot; 1 dead, 1 in custody in Cape shooting (4/16/17)4
- Bollinger County: Bonnie’s Moo Cow Cafe in Patton, Missouri, dishes out Southern classics (4/14/17)
- City wants to put hold on shipping container houses for now (4/17/17)1
Key developments concerning Iraq
The United States began deploying its most experienced peacekeeping unit in the Iraqi capital. The U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division is scheduled to replace the 3rd Infantry Division -- a move that will reduce the number of U.S. troops in Iraq from 170,000 to just over 100,000.
The U.S.-backed Iraqi Health Ministry ordered an immediate health survey around the sprawling but dormant Tuwaitha nuclear plant outside Baghdad. Members of the Iraqi nuclear agency have expressed worry about radiation damage to those living nearby.
The U.N. Development Program's chief adviser, Maurice Albert, said electricity shortages will taper off soon. He said Iraq's dilapidated power plants need overhauls but are still functioning. However, over the next few years, he said the country needs massive investment to fix its energy infrastructure.
In another sign normalcy could be returning, 740 Iraqi refugees left Lebanon by bus bound for their homes.
The International Committee of the Red Cross suspended shuttles from Baghdad to the northern city of Irbil after a Japanese aid vehicle was peppered by 15 bullets. No one was injured and the ICRC did not say when the shooting occurred.